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Pop the champagne, it’s my Blogiversary (for real this time…)

Today (well, technically it was Friday…) marks my 2nd Blogiversary and I intend to celebrate till my fingers turn pruney!

Who knew I’d last this long, 2 weeks would have been pushing it…

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I always say that blogging is counted in either dog or Hollywood marriage years so in human terms I’ve been at it for about 14 years and it feel that way at times.

I stated out as an RA blog lurker in the summer of 2011, this blog which followed in January 2012,¬† was intended as a place where I’d gather materials I find on the net that could come in handy for my MA thesis in Fashion.

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Fast-forward 2 years later and here I am blogging almost exclusively about Richard with an MA degree in Fandoms and Fanfiction…

This fangirling will take over your life if you’re not careful, but then I guess we wouldn’t want it any other way!

My blogiversary coincides with the annual round-up created my WP, so here’s I Want to be a Pin Up in 2013:

For the longest time I felt like the new Pin Up on the block, now it’s more like a goldfish in an Armitage pond ūüėČ

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Thank you so much for supporting my blog, I really appreciate it!

Some time spring it will hit the 500,000 clicks mark which it truly overwhelming and humbling.

Thank you for coming here for a giggle, for engaging and contributing with your comments.

I always say I seem to have the nicest, wittiest and possibly craziest readers and I couldn’t want it any other way.

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I bet there are a few lurkers that fit that description well too and hopefully we get a chance to become familiar by my 3rd blogiversary.

I hope to meet up with a few other RA enthusiasts this December in London, fingers crossed.

It would be wonderful to watch Richard strolling the red carpet one last time to support the role of Thorin surrounded by my peeps.

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I raise my glass to you Dear Friends, Na Zdrowie!

A few of my favorite RA things: I like a Round Rump!

Some of you may have noticed a bit of a hiccup I had this morning.

Magzy sent me a frantic text message that GULP! a post on my blog is empty and WTF?!?

It’s true that today is my 2nd blogiversary but I decided to move¬†that post¬†to Sunday (RL stuff+laziness= incomplete posts).

I’ll¬†come¬†back to this topic¬†on Sunday when I actually do the stuff I planned, so thank you for the comments, stop by for a glass of champagne and some questionable nibbly bits…

BTW, Week 2 of the Armitage Round-Up will be out tomorrow and yes, it actually has content ūüėČ

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It warms my heart that when I google Richard Armitage bum, as one does, a healthy amount of posts and pics that pop up are from yours truly.

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Those who have been reading my¬†posts for some time will notice that I’ve¬†blogged relentlessly in order to at least deserve a nomination for the award of Biggest Armitage Bottom Connoisseur.

Let me get started on the acceptance speech just in case…

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And here’s one of the favourite gifs I’ve ever done because you haven’t LIVED till you bound a one pound coin off Richard’s arse…

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See you tomorrow ūüôā

Making life a wee bit better…

All images: RANet

Attention readers!

Due to the fact that you have spoilt this blogger rotten with your kind words in the last 36 hours, she has developed a serious case of head swelling and therefore will, at least temporarily, refer to herself in the third person.

AgzyM¬†would like to thank you all so very much for making her first blogiversary an absolute hoot and for putting a smile on that giant face attached to a head too big for her own good…

She would like to…

OK, I’ll drop the third person act (probably should’ve¬†stopped it a few lines ago, but then it can never be said that I don’t know how to run a joke into the ground and grind it for what it’s worth…).

Anyway, I Thank You!¬† ūüôā

I have a few posts ideas, but I have college tomorrow, and I’m not prepared at all, so I’ll be busy catching up, but¬†let me leave you with a thought I had yesterday.

There are a few mini pleasures in life, a split-second burst of joy that might not last long, but makes life that little bit better.

I’m not referring to the obvious pleasures like boozing, sex or winning the lottery (although all three sound mighty nice right about now…).

I’m talking about that¬†fleeting moment of butterflies in your belly, a burst of sunshine on a cloudy day, unicorns, rainbow,¬†dew¬†and all that other crapaloo that puts a smile on our face.

Here’s my list of¬†life’s little¬†pleasures:

– sitting in a dark theatre moments before the curtain goes up

– doing somersaults in the water

– taking a steaming hot shower on a cold winter morning

– getting a mint condition iPhone 4 from Dad, then noticing it’s been pimped with a purple cover with hot pink polka dots

– awakening to new RA news

or

Рcoming across an older picture that takes your breath away (and making it your screen saver)

– finding a connection online¬†with you’ never ordinarily have the opportunity to meet

– going down a size

– knowing the words (all the words) to the theme tune from Big Bang Theory and singing them correctly.

Cos they BUILT THE PYRAMIIIDSSS!!!!

What’s your little pleasure that makes life a wee bit better?

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Wouldn’t you know it, it’s my 1st Blogiversary!

I was going to act cool on my 1st Blogiversary, casually mentioning it, thanking my readers, then moving on to bigger better things, but then  I decided HELL NO!

It’s my (blogging) party and I’ll celebrate if I want to!

Bear with me please as I put on a dodgy paper hat and blow up a few balloons!

I figured horns are made for hooting and good times are meant for celebrating ūüôā

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Well holy cow, how did I get here?

No, seriously, how the heck did this happen?

This blog started exactly a year ago with absolutely no clear direction.

It was supposed to be a place where I’d keep all the info I found interesting without clogging up my computer, as well as a quick writing practise before tackling my MA thesis.

In the first months I had told¬†zero people about its existence, as there really wasn’t anything to say on the matter or to boast about.

I really didn’t know if it would be something I’d continue or most probably abandon after the first few weeks.

You must understand that exactly a year ago I was a lurking Armitage Admirer who had only left one comment throughout my entire 6 month craze, but more about that later on.

What I’m driving at is that starting out no one¬†within the fandom had any idea who I was (some undoubtedly miss those good ol’¬†days…) nor did I seek the support of my RL friends to help push this thing forward, so in the first month of blogging I received a little over 20 clicks and I’ll be honest, I don’t know how I managed to get so many ūüôā

Things have certainly changed, and with the amount of visitors dropping by I really do regret writing better, more interesting posts ūüôā

¬†I’d like to thank each and every¬†one of you for visiting, commenting, supporting and being an integral part of this experience.

I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again¬†that without your presence here I’d just be a sad old (mad) cow posting for no one.

Hey, it worked in January but I think it would have lost its appeal by April…

Your friendship means almost as much to me as Lucas North’s bottom in tight denim jeans, and that really is saying a lot!

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I’d also like to give special thanks to Servetus at Me+Richard, as she happens to be connected to many of my firsts!

She was the first blog I had visited after watching North and South, when certain Mr Thornton took possession of my heart and soul.

She’s the first blog I ever commented on some time in the autumn of 2011, under a different alias, and sweating buckets worried¬†that I’d look foolish because of what I had written (being rejected by the RArmy was a big fear of mine back then, as everyone seemed so friendly with each other, and I doubted such a tight-knit group would accept me, let alone welcome me with open arms. You live, you learn!).

Servetus had written one of the first comments on this blog and I swear, I had been such a lurker/admirer over at Me+R it felt like a celebrity sighting ūüôā

Anyway, how better to say a heartfelt Thank You! than a Richard Armitage thumb cupcake ( and yes I also think it may well be one of the most disturbing things I’ve seen in a while…).

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Apart from search engines Servetus’ blog refers the most¬†traffic to this site, followed by RAFrenzy!

Thank You for the support of other bloggers!

I adore¬†being perched¬†on your blogrolls, and I’m there in good company, so¬†I’m grateful to you¬†for sticking me there.

I’ll be updating my blogroll to include all of my blogging friends and fellow admirers, so please take a second to click on a few.

We all know how long it takes to write a single post, not to mention updating, checking comments, and in general keeping that machine running, so I can only applaud you for constantly providing new posts for Armitage Admirers worldwide!

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Here’s my year in numbers:

I’ve written close to 450 posts in the past 12 months.

There are the good ones, the bad and the right darn ugly ones¬†(sorry about those…).

A few months in I thought it would be the bees knees to get 100 000 clicks in the first year, but it seemed like a bit of a pipe dream.

Wouldn’t you know it, I’m just¬†a couple of clicks shy of¬†doubling that number and will be¬†hitting 200 000 in the next few days, so THANK YOU!

Online traffic is a funny little thing as it often depends on where you’re placed in search engines.

That means that posts that aren’t really all that¬†special seem to attract a huge amount of readers, while other are¬† popular for a few days after being published, and then go into (semi-)¬†retirement.

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The posts that have attracted the most views are:

1. On Richard Armitage and Lee Pace

2. Marilyn Monroe and Plastic Surgery

3. DIY Pin-Up

See what I mean?

Anyway, I think the statistics will change in the next few weeks judging by the interest in Richard Armitage and all things The Hobbit.

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My favorite posts are:

Fanstravaganza3 was a blast and I absolutely loved taking part in it!

I also really enjoyed putting together all three of my Fanstra3 posts.

I loved punning it out doggy style, seeing Heinz Kruger in his tighty whities, and stripping Richard down just to dress him up again.

I really (REALLY!!!) hope Fanstra4¬†will happen, because there’s no better way to celebrate the wonder that is¬†Armitage Admiration¬†ūüôā

I also enjoyed blogging in July¬†and August (December being my most flaky month…)¬†as I was¬†on holiday and could spend hours fiddling with images, gifs¬†and posts to my heart’s content.

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I especially liked the run-up to Armitage Day and  Operation Armitage.

I really do hope that we manage to have a Richard Armitage-rekated competition every year!

I’d like to take this opportunity to give a¬†special Thank You! to my partner in crime Seba from¬†Gisborne‚Äôs Boy¬† for sharing his amazing talent and¬†helping me with the competition.

I hope¬†we collaborate on many other projects in the future (and if you’re reading this Bug, I’m waiting on your email!).

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The thing is, in the past year of blogging I’ve made many friends, and lost a few (some I’ve mourned, to others I can only say: Good riddance…)

I’ve expanded my horizons, but also tested my patience and understanding.

I’ve bitten my tongue and stepped away from a fight more time than I¬†have in RL,¬†and I think¬†I’ve also been more generous with expressing my delight, enthusiasm, friendship.

I honestly think I’m a better version of my RL self, so if you don’t like me here, believe me, it doesn’t get any better out there ūüėČ

I’ve gone beyond anything I would have though myself capable of, but I’ve also made a few mistakes, some I’ve learned from, others probably not.

I should really finish by thanking Richard for getting this whole project started, but what I’m really grateful for is that by being such a stand up sort of gentleman he seems to attract the absolute best type of admirer any fandom could wish for.

Are there crazy fans in the Armitage Army?

ABSOFUCKINGLUTLEY!

But I’d like to believe that we’re crazy in our own special, unique way ūüôā

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While I’m on the topic of AgzyM¬†(move over Thorin, I’m all about Me Me¬†Me! today), I’ve decided to retire the Dita¬†photo I’ve been using as a visual representation of my online alter ego.

I’ve had such fun with that particular image, but¬†I¬†needed something new, so here it is:

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You know it’s only a matter of time before I stick a beard on this gravatar!

And here is the full body superhero version, because it seems like it’s going to be one of those years when you really need a cape:

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Thank You!

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